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Sockeye Fire Strategy Changes To Offensive

As new firefighting crews arrive, an offensive strategy takes shape against the Sockeye wildfire near Willow.

June 17, 2015

Sockeye Fire Slows, For Now

There is a bit of heartening news from the Sockeye fire. Erratic weather, expected to bring strong winds to the area late Tuesday, did not actually materialize after a thunderstorm passed overhead, and fire crews have arrived from outside Alaska to begin an offensive against the blaze.

June 17, 2015
Lisbet Norris with four puppies, part of the hundred dogs her family evacuated from their Willow kennel. In total, around 400 sled dogs were brought to the lot at Underdog Feeds in Wasilla. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

“Noah’s Ark” At Evacuation Site for Willow Mushers Fleeing Sockeye Fire

Tight-knit mushing community was able to coordinate a rapid response to the wildfire, relocating 400 animals as part of an emergency plan hatched just weeks earlier.

June 16, 2015
Gov. Bill Walker briefed reporters on Monday. (Photo by Eric Keto - Alaska Public Media)

Sockeye Fire Continues to Burn; Walker Declares Disaster

The Sockeye Fire near Willow is now the state’s number one fire-fighting priority. Governor Bill Walker personally viewed the burned area by air Monday, while forestry officials are bringing in help from the Lower 48 and British Columbia. Meanwhile, about 50 people in a Houston shelter are waiting to find out if they can go home again.

June 15, 2015
Alaska's revenue and savings forecast if no new income is added.

Crowd-Sourcing Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Most models show all of the state’s reserves will be used up by 2021, if not sooner. The solution? You decide. The governor is crowd-sourcing possible answers through an interactive budget model that turns the problem into a game.

June 15, 2015

Berkowitz Appointees Reflect Focus on Housing, Community Development

Fleek-Green, Wilber, Shuttee to take over prominent roles in next mayor’s administration.

June 11, 2015

Regular Flights To Russian Far East From AK Resume

If you’ve run out of isolated wilderness to explore in Alaska, there’s good news: flights from Anchorage to Yakutsk start in July.

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June 11, 2015

New Marijuana Restrictions Regulate Secondhand Smoke

The move is a blow for legalization advocates in Anchorage, and leaves many regulatory questions unanswered.

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June 10, 2015

Coal Lawsuit Results In Little Change

The Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments.

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June 9, 2015

Budget Woes Hurt Small Spuds

The legislature’s lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes.

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June 9, 2015
John Will and his sculpture, "One Man's Trash..." Hillman/KSKA

Kinetic Energy, A Ball and An Unlikely Path to Art

An Eagle River man started with a pile of junk, a roll of wire, and an obsession, and ten years later, ended up with art. The ball obstacle course is on display in downtown Anchorage.

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June 9, 2015
The Level 1 combatives course lasts a week, and is required of Army soldiers stationed at JBER. Higher tiers require at least a month of coursework. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Army Troops Cope In The Cage

109 members of the military gather at JBER for two days of unsanctioned fighting.

June 8, 2015

Homeless Teens Find Help At ‘My House’

A Wasilla plan is helping homeless teens get off the street and into housing. Mat Su Youth Services, or My House, relies on initiative, trust and responsibility to spur teens to set goals for a solid future.

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June 8, 2015
Map from the BLM. The patents on the red area have expired. The "for school purposes only" patents on the blue and yellow areas have not. The orange line indicates the location of the proposed road.

U-Med Road Developers Need Permission from BLM Because of Land Patents

The original land patents for some of UAA’s land restrict its use “for school purposes only” and could impact the U-Med District Access Road.

June 5, 2015

Rotating Propeller Kills Wasilla Man In Wrangell-St. Elias

A Wasilla man is dead after an accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. According to Park officials, 62-year-old Clark J. Baldwin was killed instantly when he backed into a spinning plane propeller.

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June 5, 2015
Mike Bonito poses with his donuts at The Kobuk. Hillman/KSKA

National Donut Day brings wide attention to local baker

The Kobuk’s old fashioned donuts were highlighted by Huffington Post as one of the best in the nation.

June 5, 2015

Borough Board Upholds Sutton Shooting Range

A dispute between two Sutton landowners highlights the challenges of zoning in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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June 4, 2015
Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

The Spanish oil company Repsol has confirmed that two of their North Slope test wells could produce up to 2.4 million barrels of oil per year. The prospect is near the Colville Delta, north of Nuiqsut.

June 3, 2015
Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Looking for salad ingredients? Want a new type of tea? No need to head to the store, just look outside your door–even if you live in the middle of the city. Some Anchorage residents are urban gatherers.

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June 3, 2015
A group of chamber musicians played for nearly an hour as the 45 bus wound through town, part of a city-wide cultural event drawing crowds to a central location. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Strings On The Bus: Anchorage Has A Conflux

Community members and cultural institutions pair up to throw Anchorage a surprise party.

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June 2, 2015